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Bill OldhamJohn EzellMatthew Sweetser
Mollie SweetserDr. Shawnte' FarmerJulia Coffman
Kelsey HansenKarlye BehrmanSummer Glass

William D. (Bill) Oldham

Executive director of Northwest Counseling, Inc., Bill Oldham is a native of the Midwest but has also lived in Chicago and Philadelphia and briefly in Jerusalem, Israel. In 2001 he assumed a counseling practice in Springdale. Counseling has been his focus since 1990. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois.

Bill works with couples and adult individual counseling relationships. He has had advanced training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT). As a therapy modality, EFT research has shown that more than 85% of couples who complete their therapy regimen maintain healthy vital relationships.

He has been married to Pam for 25 years and has three children and 2 grandchildren.

John Ezell, LPC LADAC MAC

John D. Ezell is a licensed professional counselor, a licensed alcohol and drug counselor and has completed the application process for Master Addiction Counselor. John has also received accreditation from the Department of Transportation (DOT) as a Substance Abuse Professional in 2017 and is able to provide assessments and treatment recommendations for those under the jurisdiction of the DOT to get them treated and back to work in a timely manner.

John completed his undergraduate and master’s program in counseling at the University of Georgia. John uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution–Focused Brief Therapy to help clients deal with mental health, substance and process addiction issues. John has over 40 years of experience in all facets of treatment. He believes no person or situation is ever hopeless.  There is always more than one solution to any issue. It is just of matter of helping the individual find the one that works for them.

John is a native of North Florida and loves the Gulf Coast.  He has lived in Northwest Arkansas with his family since 1981.

Matthew Sweetser, LCSW

A Licensed Certified Social Worker, Matthew Sweetser has years of experience working with young children, young adolescents, and adults struggling with a wide range of issues. Born and raised in Fayetteville, Matthew has earned a Bachelors and Master’s Degrees in Social Work at the University of Arkansas.

Matthew has experience in a wide variety of settings including in an adult inpatient psychiatric hospital, working with kids and adolescents in Therapeutic Day Treatment, and school-based and home-based counseling. Matthew can treat a wide variety of issues including anger, trauma, depression, anxiety, social skills, grief, family conflict, life-changes, and relationship issues. Matthew has received training in play-therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, and emotionally-focused therapy.

Matthew’s laid back personality and relaxed demeanor creates a naturally casual, safe, and fun environment. Matthew enjoys watching movies, playing and listening to music, photography and most of all, spending time with his wife, family, friends, and pets.

Matthew Sweetser, LCSW
Favorite quote:
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
– Maya Angelou

Mollie Sweetser, LPC

A licensed professional counselor, Mollie has a Master’s of Science in Marriage and Family therapy with an emphasis in Community Counseling from John Brown University and has experience working with clients from a variety of ages and backgrounds.

Mollie’s passion is working with clients who desire to experience not only a reduction in distressing symptoms, but also a deeper level of self-awareness, personal growth, and authenticity. Mollie enjoys working with clients on anxiety, depression, anger, loss or trauma, relationship issues, stress, transitions, and other areas of growth.

Mollie is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a type of therapy designed to lessen distress related to traumatic events or disturbing memories. Mollie uses EMDR with adults and teenagers and can also adapt EMDR to include play therapy for children.

A Northwest Arkansas native, Mollie enjoys nature, traveling, music, and time with her family. Mollie’s caring and playful personality helps her clients feel relaxed, accepted, and hopeful as they seek to make positive changes in their lives.

Mollie Sweetser, M.S., LPC
Favorite quote:
“In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers.”
– Mr. Rogers

Shawnte’ Farmer DNP, MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC

Shawnte’ is board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, skilled in treating patients dealing with a wide array of psychiatric symptoms. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. She completed her Master’s of Science in Nursing and Doctorate of Nursing Practice at University of South Alabama.  She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Her professional memberships include the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA), National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), and the American Nurses Association (ANA). 

Shawnte’ has over 10 years of experience working in various mental health settings including inpatient acute care, forensics, and outpatient. She provides treatment for patients ranging from ages 5 to 72. She believes in patient centered care and providing the most therapeutic approach that will best benefit the patient including medication management, genetic testing, psychotherapy, and education.  

Shawnte’ is married with three sons. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, camping, boating on the lake, and Arkansas Razorback football.

Lori Stevens

Favorite quote:
“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson 


Julia Coffman, LPC, RPT

Julia is a Licensed Professional Counselor with years of experience working with children and teenagers as well as adults struggling with a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, life-transition, grief, trauma, stress, and assorted behavioral issues. Julia is a native of Bentonville, AR and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science from the University of Arkansas, a Masters Degree in School and Professional Counseling from Harding University and an Educational Specialist Degree in Professional Counseling, also from Harding University. Julia is a Registered Play Therapist, a licensed teacher, and school counselor in Arkansas. She is also trained in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Julia is credentialed by the State of Arkansas to conduct online counseling, providing counseling services through the use of technology such as Google Meet, Zoom, and telephone. She is also working to become an Autism Play Therapy Specialist (AutPlay).

Julia was in the education field for 10 years prior to moving into mental health full-time. She was a teacher for five years and a school counselor for the other five before transitioning to community counseling. Julia has worked in agencies around NWA. She also has experience counseling children in an online environment.

Her heart for helping people is evident and clients immediately warm to her sense of humor and obvious enjoyment of life. Julia enjoys reading, traveling, the Arkansas Razorbacks, and spending time with her husband and two girls!

Lori Stevens

Favorite quote:
Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.”
–  Wayne W. Dyer 


Kelsey Hansen, LPC

Kelsey is a Licensed Professional Counselor skilled in working with children, adults, and parents. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Missouri University of Science and Technology in Psychology (emphasis in Cognitive Neuroscience) and her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from John Brown University. 

Kelsey works with a variety of clients who are seeking help in managing depression, anxiety, stress, behavioral difficulties, trauma, and self esteem. Kelsey uses a variety of techniques including Person-Centered Therapy, Mindfulness, amongst others. Kelsey’s laid back, friendly approach helps clients feel comfortable and willing to work toward making and exploring meaningful changes for themselves.

Kelsey is credentialed by the State of Arkansas to conduct online counseling through the use of technology such as Google Meet, Zoom, and telephone. She is currently working on learning Emotion Focused Therapy. 

Outside of the counseling office, Kelsey enjoys spending time with her family and pets. Kelsey also enjoys crafting and creating things to share with others.

Lori Stevens

Karlye Behrman, LCSW

Karlye is a Licensed Certified Social Worker who works with children and adults and couples. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from University of the Ozark in Sociology and Psychology and received a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from University of Houston. 

Karlye has a passion to work with people who are seeking help to manage and reduce depression, anxiety, behavioral difficulties and trauma. Karlye is trained and uses empirically supported techniques including Cognitive Processing Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy and Trauma Focused- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotionally-Focused Therapy and Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).  She is always seeking to learn and improve her techniques as a clinician.

Karlye has a wide range of  experience working in a variety of settings including  inpatient acute care, schools, and outpatient care providing services to children, adults and families. Karlye has an affable, fun, outgoing personality and loves weaving humor and spontaneity into her sessions.

She enjoys spending time with her husband outdoors, gardening and traveling. She is always up for new adventures and exploring the world around her. 

Lori Stevens

Favorite quote:
Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
–  Martin Luther King, Jr. 


Summer Glass, LCSW

Summer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has extensive experience working with a wide range of clients ages 5-78. She has worked with clients coping with various mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, borderline, bipolar, autism, schizophrenia, domestic violence, or other severe trauma. Summer believes that every story deserves to be told and is honored to help her clients find their voice.

Summer specializes in Equine Therapy and takes a mindfulness approach to “holding space” for her clients. She has also recently completed her externship in Emotion Focused Therapy and is undergoing supervision for Trauma Focused CBT.

Summer earned her Masters of Social Work from The University of Pittsburgh and her Masters of Education with an emphasis in Neuropsychology and Child Psychology from Duquesne University.

Summer has lived all over Florida, Pennsylvania, northern and central Italy, but now calls NWA home. Outside the office, Summer enjoys hiking, boating, and adventuring with her family, horses, dogs, cat, and a small herd of chickens, ducks, and goats.

Lori Stevens

Favorite quote:
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
–  Unknown 

 

William D. (Bill) Oldham

Executive director of Northwest Counseling, Inc., Bill Oldham is a native of the Midwest but has also lived in Chicago and Philadelphia and briefly in Jerusalem, Israel. In 2001 he assumed a counseling practice in Springdale. Counseling has been his focus since 1990. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois.

Bill works with couples and adult individual counseling relationships. He has had advanced training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT). As a therapy modality, EFT research has shown that more than 85% of couples who complete their therapy regimen maintain healthy vital relationships.

He has been married to Pam for 25 years and has three children and 2 grandchildren.

John Ezell, LPC LADAC MAC

John D. Ezell is a licensed professional counselor, a licensed alcohol and drug counselor and has completed the application process for Master Addiction Counselor. John has also received accreditation from the Department of Transportation (DOT) as a Substance Abuse Professional in 2017 and is able to provide assessments and treatment recommendations for those under the jurisdiction of the DOT to get them treated and back to work in a timely manner.

John completed his undergraduate and master’s program in counseling at the University of Georgia. John uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution–Focused Brief Therapy to help clients deal with mental health, substance and process addiction issues. John has over 40 years of experience in all facets of treatment. He believes no person or situation is ever hopeless.  There is always more than one solution to any issue. It is just of matter of helping the individual find the one that works for them.

John is a native of North Florida and loves the Gulf Coast.  He has lived in Northwest Arkansas with his family since 1981.

Matthew Sweetser, LCSW

A Licensed Certified Social Worker, Matthew Sweetser has years of experience working with young children, young adolescents, and adults struggling with a wide range of issues. Born and raised in Fayetteville, Matthew has earned a Bachelors and Master’s Degrees in Social Work at the University of Arkansas.

Matthew has experience in a wide variety of settings including in an adult inpatient psychiatric hospital, working with kids and adolescents in Therapeutic Day Treatment, and school-based and

home-based counseling. Matthew can treat a wide variety of issues including anger, trauma, depression, anxiety, social skills, grief, family conflict, life-changes, and relationship issues. Matthew has received training in play-therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, and emotionally-focused therapy.

Matthew’s laid back personality and relaxed demeanor creates a naturally casual, safe, and fun environment. Matthew enjoys watching movies, playing and listening to music, photography and most of all, spending time with his wife, family, friends, and pets.

Favorite quote:
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
– Maya Angelou

Mollie Sweetser, LPC

A licensed professional counselor, Mollie has a Master’s of Science in Marriage and Family therapy with an emphasis in Community Counseling from John Brown University and has experience working with clients from a variety of ages and backgrounds.

Mollie’s passion is working with clients who desire to experience not only a reduction in distressing symptoms, but also a deeper level of self-awareness, personal growth, and authenticity. Mollie enjoys working with clients on anxiety, depression, anger, loss or trauma, relationship issues, stress, transitions, and other areas of growth.

Mollie is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a type of therapy designed to lessen distress related to traumatic events or disturbing memories. Mollie uses EMDR with adults and teenagers and can also adapt EMDR to include play therapy for children.

A Northwest Arkansas native, Mollie enjoys nature, traveling, music, and time with her family. Mollie’s caring and playful personality helps her clients feel relaxed, accepted, and hopeful as they seek to make positive changes in their lives.

Favorite quote:
“In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers.”
– Mr. Rogers

Shawnte’ Farmer, DNP, MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC

Shawnte’ is board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, skilled in treating patients dealing with a wide array of psychiatric symptoms. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. She completed her Master’s of Science in Nursing and Doctorate of Nursing Practice at University of South Alabama.  She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Her professional memberships include the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA), National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), and the American Nurses Association (ANA). 

Shawnte’ has over 10 years of experience working in various mental health settings including inpatient acute care, forensics, and outpatient. She provides treatment for patients ranging from ages 5 to 72. She believes in patient centered care and providing the most therapeutic approach that will best benefit the patient including medication management, genetic testing, psychotherapy, and education.  

Shawnte’ is married with three sons. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, camping, boating on the lake, and Arkansas Razorback football.

Favorite quote:
“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Julia Coffman, LPC, RTP

Julia is a Licensed Professional Counselor with years of experience working with children and teenagers as well as adults struggling with a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, life-transition, grief, trauma, stress, and assorted behavioral issues. Julia is a native of Bentonville, AR and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science from the University of Arkansas, a Masters Degree in School and Professional Counseling from Harding University and an Educational Specialist Degree in Professional Counseling, also from Harding University.  Julia is a Registered Play Therapist, a licensed teacher, and school counselor in Arkansas.  She is also trained in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  

Julia is credentialed by the State of Arkansas to conduct online counseling, providing counseling services through the use of technology such as Google Meet, Zoom, and telephone.  She is also working to become an Autism Play Therapy Specialist (AutPlay).  

Julia was in the education field for 10 years prior to moving into mental health full-time.  She was a teacher for five years and a school counselor for the other five before transitioning to community counseling.  Julia has worked in agencies around NWA.  She also has experience counseling children in an online environment.

Her heart for helping people is evident and clients immediately warm to her sense of humor and obvious enjoyment of life. Julia enjoys reading, traveling, the Arkansas Razorbacks, and spending time with her husband and two girls!

Favorite quote:
“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Kelsey Hansen, LPC, RTP

Kelsey is a Licensed Professional Counselor skilled in working with children, adults, and parents. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Missouri University of Science and Technology in Psychology (emphasis in Cognitive Neuroscience) and her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from John Brown University. 

Kelsey works with a variety of clients who are seeking help in managing depression, anxiety, stress, behavioral difficulties, trauma, and self esteem. Kelsey uses a variety of techniques including Person-Centered Therapy, Mindfulness, amongst others. Kelsey’s laid back, friendly approach helps clients feel comfortable and willing to work toward making and exploring meaningful changes for themselves.

Kelsey is credentialed by the State of Arkansas to conduct online counseling through the use of technology such as Google Meet, Zoom, and telephone. She is currently working on learning Emotion Focused Therapy. 

Outside of the counseling office, Kelsey enjoys spending time with her family and pets. Kelsey also enjoys crafting and creating things to share with others. 

Karlye Behrman, LCSW

Karlye is a Licensed Certified Social Worker who works with children and adults and couples. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from University of the Ozark in Sociology and Psychology and received a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from University of Houston. 

Karlye has a passion to work with people who are seeking help to manage and reduce depression, anxiety, behavioral difficulties and trauma. Karlye is trained and uses empirically supported techniques including Cognitive Processing Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy and Trauma Focused- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotionally-Focused Therapy and Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).  She is always seeking to learn and improve her techniques as a clinician.

Karlye has a wide range of  experience working in a variety of settings including  inpatient acute care, schools, and outpatient care providing services to children, adults and families. Karlye has an affable, fun, outgoing personality and loves weaving humor and spontaneity into her sessions.

She enjoys spending time with her husband outdoors, gardening and traveling. She is always up for new adventures and exploring the world around her. 

Summer Glass, LCSW

Summer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has extensive experience working with a wide range of clients ages 5-78. She has worked with clients coping with various mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, borderline, bipolar, autism, schizophrenia, domestic violence, or other severe trauma. Summer believes that every story deserves to be told and is honored to help her clients find their voice.

Summer specializes in Equine Therapy and takes a mindfulness approach to “holding space” for her clients. She has also recently completed her externship in Emotion Focused Therapy and is undergoing supervision for Trauma Focused CBT.

Summer earned her Masters of Social Work from The University of Pittsburgh and her Masters of Education with an emphasis in Neuropsychology and Child Psychology from Duquesne University.

Summer has lived all over Florida, Pennsylvania, northern and central Italy, but now calls NWA home. Outside the office, Summer enjoys hiking, boating, and adventuring with her family, horses, dogs, cat, and a small herd of chickens, ducks, and goats.